Klobuchar: People think I'm Al Franken's wife
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Don’t call her Mrs. Franken — Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Fundraising numbers highlight growing divide in 2020 race Critics slam billion Facebook fine as weak MORE says when she’s out with fellow Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenAl Franken: It's time to start taking Trump 'literally' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Mexican officials scramble to avoid Trump tariffs The Hill's Morning Report - Tariff battle looms as Trump jabs 'foolish' Senate GOP MORE, she’s often mistaken for his assistant or spouse.

Klobuchar recalled traveling through the airport with Franken — who became a household name as a “Saturday Night Live” cast member — shortly after he took office in 2009.

“I’m walking with Franken in the airport and somebody says, ‘Do you work with him?’” Klobuchar told the crowd Monday night at a gala dinner at Fortune magazine’s annual Most Powerful Women summit at Washington’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

“And I say, ‘Yes, I do,’” Klobuchar, 57, recounted with a smile. "And they're like, 'Will you take my picture with him?'"


Minnesota's senior senator indicated that the snapshot request from Franken fans has occurred multiple times when she’s been alongside her same-state colleague.

“And so every time this happens, I want to put that iPhone and I want to go like this,” Klobuchar said, as she mimicked holding up a phone and focusing the camera lens on herself, “and I want to take a picture of myself in selfie mode and say, ‘Here’s a great picture of a senator that you have!’”

Klobuchar says before Franken arrived in the upper chamber, fellow Democratic Sens. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinProblem Solvers Caucus co-chair calls Trump comments about progressive congresswomen 'totally unacceptable' Trump's tweets unify a fractured Democratic Party Sunday shows - Immigration raids dominate MORE (Ill.) and Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNYT: Don't make Acosta a political martyr Charities say they never received donations touted by Jeffrey Epstein: report Schumer to donate Epstein campaign contributions to groups fighting sexual violence MORE (N.Y.) had given her fair warning about being out in public with a high-profile colleague.

The pair, she says, “Took me into a room and said, ‘This is not going to be as easy as you think. You don’t know what this is gonna be like.’”

“Durbin said, ‘I have [Barack] Obama as my other senator,’ and Schumer said, ‘I have Hillary [Clinton]. It’s not easy, you know.’”

But selfie requests pale in comparison to one particular airplane ride with Franken that Klobuchar recounted.

Saying the crew of the Delta flight from Washington to Minnesota was from Atlanta, an animated Klobuchar imitated one of the stewardesses: “We get on it and this flight attendant was very exuberant and she gets on the microphone, ‘Everyone, we have celebrities on the plane: Mr. and Mrs. Al Franken!’”

“Al says, ‘No, no, no, no — she’s actually the other senator from Minnesota,’” a laughing Klobuchar told the audience.

Franken and his wife, Franni, just celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary last week, while Klobuchar and her husband, John, have been married more than two decades.

Klobuchar says the flight attendant then took to the microphone again and exclaimed to the plane: “How cool is this? Husband and wife senators!”

“So, needless to say,” Klobuchar grinned, “it has not been an easy time in Washington.”